Journal of eScience Librarianship Policies

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) editors have created these policies for authors, readers and peer-reviewers. The Editors have been guided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Guide to Best Practices for Editors of Library and Information Science Journals.

JeSLIB strives to maintain the integrity of the academic record, publish content on a timely basis, respond to author correspondence, and to uphold current journal policies.

This section focuses on providing guidance on research ethics, transparency and integrity; peer review and the role of the Editorial Team; authorship; and corrections, retractions and removals.

Article Type Policies

Open Submissions Peer Reviewed* Indexed
Full-Length Paper
eScience in Action
Letter to the Editor
Video Article
*Although items are not peer reviewed, the editors reserve the right to not published submitted papers.

Peer Review

JeSLIB uses a double-blind peer review process. The Editor(s) perform an initial review of all submitted manuscripts and may reject papers that are clearly outside the scope of the journal. Manuscripts within scope will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. On completion of this process, usually within 6-8 weeks, the Editor(s) will notify authors of the decision and provide review guidance or additional editing if deemed necessary. Authors are encouraged to write in a style that is clear and concise, and use visuals and references as necessary to document statements.

See the Guidelines for Authors for more information about the peer review process and instructions for authors regarding their manuscripts.


JeSLIB provides copyediting of manuscripts free of charge. However, authors are expected to submit high quality manuscripts free of grammatical and typographical errors, and may be requested to complete additional editing if required.

Human Subjects Research

Research involving human participants must be approved by the authors’ Institutional Review Board, or equivalent committee. The author must address this process in the manuscript.

NIH-Funded Research

Under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, NIH requires that its funded investigators submit to PubMed Central (PMC) all manuscripts accepted after April 7, 2008, resulting from research supported in whole or in part with direct costs from NIH.

The Journal of eScience Librarianship does not deposit manuscripts on behalf of authors. NIH-funded authors should deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PubMed Central themselves via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). NIHMS Step-by-Step Tutorials are available to navigate the NIHMS system.

Open Access

The Journal of eScience Librarianship provides immediate open access to its content. JeSLIB Editors believe making research freely available to the public best benefits research, scholars, education, and society. JeSLIB does not charge subscription, submission, copy editing, or author fees.

Data Sharing

JeSLIB authors are encouraged to make the underlying research data for their article available to the research community.

Authors should submit research data with the manuscript as supplemental files to be made available online through the journal. An alternative solution may be archiving data in a secure repository providing a persistent identifier, long-term access, and sufficient metadata to ensure re-use by others. Possible repositories include institutional repositories, repositories for data curation, or subject specific repositories. Recommended repsoitory registries are: R3data.org and the Data Repositories list in the Open Access Directory.


Authors of original work accepted for publication in Journal of eScience Librarianship grant first publication rights to JeSLIB but retain ownership of the copyright of their content. All content in Journal of eScience Librarianship, unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution—Non-Commercial—Share Alike License. Under this license, authors' articles may be downloaded, redistributed, and new creations built upon them for non-commercial purposes, as long as the author(s) and original source are properly cited and the derived work is licensed under identical terms. Authors are responsible for obtaining the rights to use 3rd party materials prior to submission.

Authors who post their articles on their personal or institutional websites or repositories should include a citation with a link to the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the article, for example:

Originally published in the Journal of eScience Librarianship, 2015 4(1): e1063. http://dx.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2015.1063


“A correction of a published text”

Despite best efforts, errors may occur. Corrections should be addressed in a timely and efficient way, and are the responsibility of authors and Editors. JeSLIB will post an erratum to the article on the article landing page as well as the article cover page with an explanation of the correction so that readers see the correction with the original work.

Retraction and Removal

“A public statement that withdraws, cancels, refutes, or reverses an original statement”

JeSLIB reserves the right to retract or remove any published works if the Editor(s) or Editorial Board find any instances of scientific misconduct, plagiarism, or unethical behavior.

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